AMNY Review: 9/11: Press For Truth

Documentary by Ray Nowosielski

By Jay Carr

The anti-Bush backlash will be stoked by "9/11: The Press for Truth." Ray Nowosielski's documentary tranchantly makes the point that the Bush regime has a lot to answer for, starting with why it didn't take seriously the many pre-9/11 warnings of an imminent terrorist attack involving aircraft. It adds that the 9/11 Commission investigation was stonewalled by the administration, that it wasn't until public pressure generated by the 9/11 widows nicknamed The Jersey Girls that administration officials grudgingly testified, and then minimally, with Bush and Dick Cheney agreeing to do so only behind closed doors and not under oath.

Was there a cover-up? The film asks, riding the book "The Terror Timeline" by Paul Thompson, who shames most other so-called journalism by digging into available material and asking pointed questions. One of the most explosive has to do with the assertion that the money for the 9/11 hijackers was funnelled through the head of Pakistani intelligence, and that this was covered up, as was Osama bin Laden's escape into Pakistan when Tora Bora was surrounded on only three sides and an air corridor to Pakistan was left open. It's hard to dispute the film's conclusion that without candor, without answers, without accountability, our understanding of 9/11 remains frustratingly incomplete, whether by administration design or not.